KEENE, N.H. – Led by a trio of hitters who recorded 11 or more kills volleyball cruised to a 3-1 Little East Conference win over Keene State College Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
UMass Boston 3, Keene State College 1
UMass Boston (15-8, 6-1 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (19-8, 5-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMB would earn the early 1-0 advantage thanks to a 25-17 win in the first set. Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) did all of the offensive work for the Beacons with her four kills. Carsen Komminsk recorded eight assists, while Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) put-up nine of the team's 20 digs.
Keene State did manage to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-19 win, despite the Beacons scoring a set-best 12 put downs. The third set was a tight affair as well. The two teams were exchange control of the lead four times, while they were tied a total of eight times. UMass Boston would pound out 17 kills in the set, but the Owls managed to stay in the contest thanks to the Beacons eight service errors. Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.) unloaded eight kills and hit .500 to put UMB one set away from the conference win.
The final set was all UMB from start-to-finish. She finished with five kills, while Sarah Doyle capped-off a huge contest with a perfect 3-for-3 showing in the fourth. Christina Elliott (Camas, Wash.) combined for seven assists, and Chianco closed out the win with 10 digs.
On the day, Doyle was an impressive 13-for-20, as the junior middle hit .650. Shi bounced back from a pair of tough sets to finish with a match-high 19 kills. Czapiewska was the other Beacon to finish in double-figures as she scored 11 kills. She also dominated at the net totaling a team-high two solo blocks and three block assists.
Komminsk and Elliott combined for 42 assists respectively. Chianco had one of her best conference matches of the season as the Florida native recorded 33 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston has now won 16 straight matches over the Owls
- On the day, UMass Boston hit .187, while the Owls struggled with their -.007 hitting percentage
- UMB did struggle at the base line with 19 service errors, but did manage 12 aces
- The Beacons serve-receive was solid all contest as they allowed just five Keene State aces on 68 attempts for a .932 reception percentage
- UMass Boston finished with three solo blocks and eight block assists and also combined for 76 digs
The Beacons will close out their conference schedule on Tuesday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. match.